Three new members will be added to the Red Wings Hall of Fame

Former Red Wings Royle Stillman and Pepper Martin as well as Rochester baseball great Bob Barr have all been elected into the Class of 2014 Rochester Red Wings Hall of Fame, the Wings announced on Wednesday.

The Red Wings Hall of Fame was established in 1989 to recognize individuals who made unique contributions to the history of professional baseball in Rochester, both on and off the field. After the August 29 ceremony, the Red Wings Hall of Fame will include 91 members.

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Royle Stillman was a .314 hitter over 387 career games with the Red Wings from 1973-76. The Red Wings outfielder led the team in batting in both 1973 (.354) and 1975 (.313). Stillman was also an integral part of four playoff teams in Rochester – including Joe Altobelli’s 1974 Governors’ Cup championship team when he hit .292 with 7 homers and 49 RBI over 111 games. Stillman, who would play in parts of three Major League seasons with Baltimore (1975-76) and Chicago-AL (1977), finished his Wings career with 27 home runs and 209 RBI.

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Pepper Martin enjoyed a fantastic 1930 season for the Rochester Red Wings hitting .363 with 71 extra-base hits – including 20 home runs – which helped springboard him to a 13-year career with the St. Louis Cardinals. A four-time All-Star with the Cardinals, Martin was a career .298 hitter with 59 homers and 501 RBI over 1,189 Major League games. Martin returned to Rochester in 1943 playing in 49 games for the Red Wings.

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Bob Barr — a right-handed starting pitcher for Rochester in 1886 and from 1888-1890 — compiled a career record of 97-58 across four seasons with Rochester. In 1889, his 30 victories led the International League after posting a career-high 35 wins in 1888. Rochester played its lone season of Major League Baseball in 1890 with Barr anchoring the pitching staff. His 493 innings pitched and 28 wins paced Rochester that season.

The trio will be enshrined into the Red Wings Hall of Fame in a pre-game ceremony on Friday, August 29 prior to the Wings’ game against the Buffalo Bisons,

This information was provided courtesy of NEWS 10.

Local coach Bob McVean to be honored at Frontier Field

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Bob McVean, head coach of the RIT men’s basketball team, will be honored at the Frontier Field Walk of Fame prior to the Rochester Red Wings game vs. Scranton/Wilkes-Barre on Sunday, August 24. McVean will join 22 other individuals along with RIT’s Ritter Arena with a prestigious brick in his honor.

He is the 13th coach, administrator, athlete, staff member, or team from RIT to receive the honor. He joins Lou Alexander Sr., Bill Carey, J. Roger Dykes, F. Ritter Shumway (Ritter Arena), Earl Fuller, Matt Hamill, Ann Nealon, Doug May, Lou Spiotti, Jr., Al Vyverberg, 1982-83 Men’s Hockey Teams, 2009-10 Men’s Hockey Team. In 2011, McVean was inducted into the RIT Athletics Hall of Fame.

McVean will enter his 32nd season at the helm of the RIT men’s basketball program in 2014-15. On February 8, 2013 McVean became the 32nd coach in Division III history to win 500 games. During his tenure, longest among current coaches at RIT, the Tigers have consistently been one of the top teams in the East and all of Division III. McVean, who led RIT to a 16-9 record last year, has an all-time mark of 518-388 in 35 seasons.

The all-time leader in coaching wins in RIT men’s basketball history (460), McVean led the Tigers to 19 consecutive winning seasons from 1991-2010, and posted six 20-win seasons. He led the Tigers to the Sweet Sixteen of the 1997 NCAA Tournament, the deepest showing in the tournament in RIT basketball history. In 2009, he guided RIT to the Empire 8 championship, and its first trip to the NCAA tournament since 2000. Last season, McVean led the Tigers to a 16-9 record, narrowly missing out on a berth in the Liberty League Tournament.

On February 28, 2009, McVean earned his 400th career coaching win at RIT, In addition, he coached 2009 All-American Mark Carson, who led all of Division III and was second only to 2009 NBA first overall draft pick Blake Griffin in rebounding. In 2008-09, he led RIT to a 19-9 mark, securing his sixth Empire 8 championship.

Source and thanks for this article go to and belong to: http://www.ritathletics.com/news/2014/7/16/MBB_0716143106.aspx

Rochester Red Wings Looking to Make $7.5 Million in Renovations to Frontier Field

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When I first heard about this I gave my wife a quizzical look. We go see the games a lot at Frontier Field and are very happy with what we see. The stadium is in good shape, all the grounds look good, even the outside areas that get tons of snow and pounding from Rochester’s winters are in good shape. So why do they need 7.5 million to repairs? I did a little digging and found the following news over at http://www.rochesterhomepage.net

The Rochester Red Wings are swinging for the fence when it comes to Frontier Field renovations.

Naomi Silver, President and CEO of the Rochester Red Wings hopes so, “It’s well used. The fans have loved it here. We take a lot of pride in this facility in Rochester. It’s almost a landmark here.”  

Monroe County and the Red Wings hope the state will give them a hand in financing the $7.5 million dollar makeover.  Under the proposal, the county would dish out $2.4 million, the Red Wings: $600,000 and the state would pay for the remaining $4.5 million.

Naomi added, “It really takes bigger dollars to make these things happen when we are looking for big renovations and 18 years is a long time for a facility, so, we want to ensure another 18 years here.”

The new grass field alone could cost up to $1 million.  The renovations would also have major perks for fans.

“Add some picnic areas to do some painting here that I think the fans will appreciate because they look around and they notice that there are some things that need to be done here,” said Silver.

Also on the agenda, new restrooms, a sound system and a museum in the old firehouse.

“We have people who would love to give us things and a collection of our own that we would like to house so that’s something we have talked about for a number of years and that would be part of this project as well,” said Silver.

And if you aren’t the biggest Red Wings fan but attend Frontier Field for concerts, there’s this perk: a new pedestrian bridge onto the field.

The county and city are on board with the changes. Now, the ball is in the hands of the state.

Here is some additional information for all of you.

Rochester Community Baseball, Inc. are the owners of the Triple-A Rochester Red Wings baseball team.

The company was formed when in 1956 the St. Louis Cardinals announced that they would no longer operate the franchise in Rochester. Local businessman Morrie Silver led a community stock drive to purchase the team and the stadium. Silver and 8,221 shareholders purchased the team from the Cardinals on February 27, 1957 and gained affiliation with the Baltimore Orioles in 1961.

Silver served as the team president and general manager. His daughter Naomi Silver is the Chairman of the Board.

As of 12 December 2011, there were 215 shareholders within the team with equity stakes at 0.1% to 5.0% per person.

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With that said I am trying to figure out for the life of me why the stadium need to have 7.5 million in renovations. In the beginning of this year the field was in excellent shape, and from the people I spoke to so far all say the same thing. I just don’t get it. Add the painting they want to do, new restrooms and I still fall way short of what they are asking for. The only thing I can see that costs any real money is this pedestrian bridge that they are talking about but that can’t be the bulk of the money can it?

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Restrooms? Really? Seriously?

Don’t get me wrong, I love going to the games but I would rather see 4.5 million from NYS rather go to things that really need to be upgraded NOW, like roads, bridges and God forbid “pothole” repairs.

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What do you people think? I added a poll at the top of the page if you would like to give your 2 cents worth. Just leaves me scratching my head! To many questions, not enough answers and to little news coverage. I don’t like it when mum’s the word!

Burt Ward to headline Batman & Robin Night

Burt Ward will appear at Frontier Field June 28.

Holy iconic TV star!

In honor of the 75th anniversary of the Caped Crusader’s first appearance, the Red Wings have announced Batman and Robin Night on June 28 – presented by Wesley Gardens Nursing Home & Rehabilitation Services, 96.5 WCMF, News10NBC and MeTV Rochester. The Wings will host the Norfolk Tides, the top affiliate of the Baltimore Orioles, at 7:05 p.m; the gates open at 6 p.m. This multi-media celebration of the Caped Crusader and the Boy Wonder will include:

POW! An autograph appearance by Burt Ward, who played Robin in the
ABC series Batman and the 20th Century Fox film Batman
ZAP! An appearance by the Batmobile, an exact replica of the car from the TV series and film
WHAMM! Giveaways including the new DC Universe original movie Son of Batman
BAM! The post-game fireworks show will feature music from and inspired by the
Tim Burton/Joel Schumacher Batman film series and the Christopher Nolan
Dark Knight film series

Actor Burt Ward was 19 years old when he appeared with Adam West in Batman, which premiered in January 1966. The series aired for three seasons and also prompted the 1966 feature film. The TV series was a pop culture sensation with its campy approach, bright colors, and celebrity guest stars. Episodes still air across the country, and Warner Bros. Home Entertainment has announced that the series will be released for the first time on DVD later this year. 2014 is the the 75th anniversary of the DC Comics Batman character’s first appearance, with a national Batman Day announced for July 23.

Ward and his wife Tracy founded Gentle Giants Rescue and Adoptions, a non-profit charitable organziation which rescues giant breed dogs like Great Danes. Their work with Gentle Giants has been featured in People magazine and on Inside Edition, Entertainment Tonight and the Animal Planet network. Ward also keeps a busy schedule appearing at comic-cons and Batman fan conventions.

On June 28, Ward will sign autographs from 6-6:45 p.m, be a guest on Red Wings Pre-Game Live on the field, and throw out the first pitch. He will also sign autographs from 7:10-8 p.m. Official event color photos will be available for $10 each, and include a free autograph from Ward; any other items will be signed for $40 each, with proceeds going to the Gentle Giants Rescue and Adoptions organization. As with our other autograph sessions, time will not permit fans to ask to pose with our guest for photos or videos.

The Batmobile

The Batmobile fans will see on June 28, shown above, is an exact replica of the famed TV series car. This Batmobile is owned by Red Wings fan, Batman fan, auto enthusiast and Supervisor of the Town of Greece Bill Reilich. Fans will be able to take photos of the Batmobile while it’s on display in the concourse during the autograph session.

Click here to order tickets online right now for June 28…or call (585) 423-WING (9464) during regular Frontier Field Ticket Office hours.

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Meet Darryl Strawberry June 12

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Each season, the Rochester Red Wings offer their fans the opportunity to get a free autograph from former Major League Baseball and NFL stars, as part of our promotions schedule. Over the past few years, Wings fans have enjoyed appearances by Baseball Hall of Famers Paul Molitor, Harmon Killebrew, Rich “Goose” Gossage, and Dennis Eckersley, and former big league stars including Jim Rice, Fred Lynn, Tug McGraw, Mookie Wilson, Dave Stewart, Steve Garvey and many more.

To insure that as many fans as possible have the chance to meet our special guests and get an autograph, fans are reminded that

  • there is a limit of one autograph per fan.
  • there will be a posted time frame for the autograph sessions (listed below)
  • time does not permit fans to ask to pose for individual photos with our guests
  • there may be a restriction on what type of items will be signed (listed below)
  • WEATHER: the autograph session will take place regardless of the weather, and regardless of whether the game is delayed or played. The gates will open at the scheduled time regardless of the weather conditions.

All autograph sessions will take place in front of the Red Wings Hall of Fame, first base concourse between Mama Mittsy’s Pizza Kitchen and Pop ‘N’ Hots (unless otherwise specified below). Fans are welcome to bring one item of their own to be signed; baseballs and photos will be available for purchase in the autograph area.

Batavia Muckdogs Looking for Host Families

 

The Batavia Muckdogs are again in need of local families to host the boys of summer. The team is looking for residents (preferably close to Dwyer Stadium on Bank Street) to provide lodging for the year’s Muckdogs.

From the team:
Host Families play a crucial role in helping young players feel comfortable in a new environment. Many who have hosted players in the past have had incredibly wonderful experiences. However, with players coming and going throughout the season, we have constant needs as far as housing.

The 2014 season runs from June 13 until Sept. 1 and players typically range from 18-23 years of age. The team will arrive in Batavia the week of Monday, June 9.

The 2014 home opener is June 14. The Major League Baseball first-year player draft is June 5 which will make up a big portion of the Muckdogs’ roster.

Contact Travis Sick at 343-5454 or tsick@muckdogs.com or housing coordinator Shirley Fanara at 356-3411.

WBTA reported last year more in-depth about what it’s like to be a host family in Batavia: http://wbtai.com/LocalNews/tabid/115/articleType/ArticleView/articleId/3848/Living-with-a-Potential-Major-Leaguer.aspx

I dislike “Losing Streaks”

Everyone hates losing – it is not a pleasant experience. Here’s what the Redwings can do to turn a losing team into a winning team.

Hammer in the message

Hammer home your positive team message. Be unwaveringly positive and upbeat in your message!

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A “losing streak” is an invidious and destructive term. In professional sport, the media will seek to destroy the confidence of the team by reminding managers and players of their relative decline. The best managers and coaches will create a bubble around their team so they can mentally ignore this.

Success and winning

Winning does not always equal success. The manner of a win can sometimes be as frustrating as the manner of losing. Success undoubtedly breeds success, so change the targets, and set short term objectives that can be achieved. Take the focus away from losing and concentrate on positive aspects.

Winning and losing

Outwardly it seems that most players want to win – “that’s why they turn up” has been said by many a coach. However, some studies point to a different view. They say all players want to play more often. For less able players, if this means playing in a losing side, then they would rather do so.

Research confirms that the focus should not be on losing, but on positives. Mood measures were administered pre and post game at four games (2 won, 2 lost) to Dutch male rugby players. Winning produced a range of pleasant emotional outcomes and reductions in arousal and stress, while losing produced strong unpleasant emotional changes need a reduction in arousal, but no reduction in stress.

To alleviate the negative aspects of losing, a coping procedure that reduces the emphasis on losing and focuses on future activities that could raise the probability of winning in the next contest, should be constructed.

Strategy

Digging a team out of a losing streak is not just the task of the coach, but everyone involved. And involvement is the key. Everyone must be involved in formulating the way out. Small groups come up with solutions. The coach’s job is to shape the answers into sessions, probe into the problems arising. Even if you do not win the next game, the improvements can be fantastic.

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Three-Step Turnaround

Reverse the fortunes of a losing team with these three rules from Bill Parcells, one of American football’s most successful coaches.

Yes I know he is with Football but he is still a very good man.

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Rule one – “Make it clear from day one that you’re in charge”

Parcells has found that holding frank one-on-one conversations with every member of the team is essential to success. Leaders can do everything right with their teams and still fail if they aren’t able to reach each member as an individual.

Rule two – “Confrontation is healthy”

Parcells relishes confrontation because it provides an opportunity to get things straight with people. Confrontation does not mean putting someone down. When criticizing members of the team, he puts it in a positive context. Once he sets that context, he’s not afraid to be blunt about players’ failings.

Rule three – “Identify small goals and hit them”

He believes that success breeds success. Once a team gets in the habit of losing, confidence dips and success seems unreachable. To break the habit of losing, Parcells focuses on achieving goals within immediate reach.

Parcells is convinced that if you get people on your team who share the same goals and the same passion, and if you push them to achieve at the highest level, you’re going to come out on top.

Now that I have spoken my peace and given the team some good karma I predict that the next game is a winner. Can I get a WHOOP WHOOP on that?!?! Enjoy your day folks!

Batavia Muckdogs single game tickets on sale starting this Monday May 12th

News release from the Batavia Muckdogs:

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Single-game tickets for all 2014 Muckdogs’ home games at Dwyer Stadium go on sale Monday, May 12 beginning at 9 a.m. at the Dwyer Stadium Box Office or over the phone by calling (585) 343-5454. Normal box office hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday-Friday.

The same great, affordable ticket prices are back again in 2014. Tickets range from $7.50 for box seats to just $6.50 for adult General Admission tickets and $5.50 for kids and senior General Admission tickets.

During the season, the ticket office opens on game days at 9 a.m. Monday-Friday and closes at the end of fifth inning. On Saturday and Sunday, the ticket office will open at 10 a.m. and close after the fifth inning.

Season tickets, coupon books, ticket packages, and group tickets are on sale now. For more information, visit www.Muckdogs.com or call (585)343-5454 and press zero, Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The Muckdogs open their 2014 home schedule on Saturday, June 14 vs. the Auburn Doubledays at 7:05 p.m. The annual Independence Day celebration is on July 3rd this year. In addition to their Pinckney Division rivals, the Muckdogs will welcome the New York Yankees (Staten Island), Boston Red Sox (Lowell), New York Mets (Brooklyn) and the Detroit Tigers (Connecticut) farm teams to Dwyer Stadium in 2014.

Another day, another rainout…

With the Red Wings currently 11 and 11 and and yet another rain delay yesterday I thought I would take the oppertunity to talk about how this affects all of us. So two of the questions I have been asked by members are:

“If I buy tickets for a game ahead of time and it is rained out what happens next? Are my tickets good?

and

“If a baseball game is stopped because of rain and one team is leading how would they start the rescheduled game?
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I can easily answer that from what is on the official Red Wings website.

The Red Wings’ Tuesday April 29 home game against Charlotte has been postponed by rain and wet grounds.

The game will be made up in June when the Wings play in Charlotte.

Fans with tickets for the Tuesday, April 29 game can exchange them for any other remaining regular season home game. All ticket exchanges must be made at the Frontier Field Ticket Office. Please note that these exchanges do not have to be made immediately; fans with tickets for the April 29 game can exchange them throughout the remainder of the 2014 season.

The Redwings are always good to their fans and I have never heard of a person not being happy with this.

Here is the answer from the MiLB.com website

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RAIN OUT/CANCELLATION Rain Delay
A rain delay is when the game is officially delayed. Play will continue later that day/night. Tickets cannot be exchanged in the event of a rain delay.

Rain Out/Cancellation
A rainout is when a game is cancelled due to rain. When this happens, the game is usually rescheduled into a double header the next time the two teams meet. In the event of a rainout, tickets can be exchanged at the box office window for the same price admission to any regular season game, played at Louisville Slugger Field, during this season, based on availability, with the exception of Thunder Over Louisville.

WHAT WILL HAPPEN WHEN IT RAINS If it is raining before the game…
If it is raining before the start of a game, the Louisville Bats Grounds Crew has been hard at work protecting the field against the elements. This being the case, if the rain stops before the scheduled start time, the game will continue as planned. If the rain continues into the scheduled game time, Bats management, the umpires and team managers will invoke a rain delay.

If it begins to rain during the game…
If it begins to rain during the game, the Louisville Bats Grounds Crew will quickly place a large tarp across the infield. At this time, the Bats staff will work with the opposing team’s managers, along with local weather outlets, to ascertain the immediate weather outlook. If the teams feel that the inclement weather will pass, a rain delay is put into effect. If the teams agree that the inclement weather will not pass in a reasonable amount of time, an official rainout is announced.

If a rainout is declared after four and a half innings of baseball have been played, and the home team is winning, a game is considered “official”. In this case, there will be no ticket exchanges.

If the game is suspended before the amount of innings have been played for an official game, your ticket is valid for an exchange to any future home game, during this season, based on availability, with the exception of Thunder Over Louisville.

RAIN OUT NOTIFICATION Get instant notification when a game has officially been determined a rain out by downloading the free Louisville Bats app to your phone. The app is available for both iPhone and Android. When a game has been determined a rainout, the Bats will send out a notification to all fans who have the app downloaded, informing them that the game has been cancelled. Be sure to have your push notifications turned on via your phone settings or you will not receive the notification.

Does that make sense? I hope so and I also hope there with April leaving we can get back to the baseball!

Todays’ game for Monday April 7 game against Scranton/Wilkes-Barre has been postponed due to rain :-(

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Tomorrow will be a  doubleheader at 4:35 p.m. Gates opening at 3:30 p.m.

Fans with tickets for the Monday, April 7 game can exchange them for any other remaining regular season home game. All ticket exchanges must be made at the Frontier Field Ticket Office. Please note that these exchanges do not have to be made immediately; fans with tickets for the April 7 game can exchange them throughout the remainder of the 2014 season.

For more information regarding the exchange policy, call (585) 423-WING (9464)